Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.
©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd
“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)
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"In my top 10... or top 5 :-)"
Just about everything.
No, I actually did not listen yet, but I love the book and want to try it as a listener as well.
The film was done. No idea of its tag line, but I would say something like "Think what if your life could actualy turn...interesting."
I imagined a bit slower-pace performance, however it sounds pleasant enough for me to want to listen to it. I will soon find out more about it.
I've had this book on kindle for a while, without being read. Getting the audible version meant I actually finally listened to it.
Great book, thoroughly enjoyed it and I've bow bought book two.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, funny, engaging and quirky; a brilliant story. The Narrator captured the nature of the characters and brought the story to life.
loved it, great history lesson and really humorous. fun storyline. definitely recommend this. bad language.
"Interesting but goes on a bit"
I'd probably bring it to a close quicker.
The prosecutor's interview of Alan toward the end was a parody of the book itself - going off on endless tangents, albeit many of them curious and amusing.
Worth about 75% of the listening time.
"A fun book"
Narrated a bit too much like a kids book for me. But enjoyed the story
"brilliantly funny and quirky. very enjoyable."
Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this. Highly recommend it. Well read too. A little bit of a (slightly inaccurate) history lesson thrown in for good measure.
"A charming and heartwarming, funny story....."
What a great story - this is a great fumbling hapless story of mis-adventure (for some), gathering great characters. You are taken on an amazing journey of friends by default whose characters gel together in their adventure. Absolutely hilariously funny, mishaps of the most outrageous and an amazing sub-story of the main character Alan Karlssen who has led an unbelievable adventurous and dangerous life. The hapless Alan some how manages to encounter histories notorious villains and historic heads of state and yet through his encounters manages to stave off every event that is about to lead to his imminent demise and how he changed the course of history. It is an amazing adventure that is highly recommended. Brilliantly read by Peter Kenny. Buy it, enjoy it.
"A really nice read."
A charming story with some excellent characters, wonderfully written and the narration was on point.
"Quirky tale - great narrator"
Not sure I would have enjoyed it as a print book, but the performance made it an easy listen.
I found the flashback bits a bit long and rambling at times and here and there I lost the thread of the story. The present-day events were always interesting, though.
Peter Kenny is great at voicing a wide range of characters, including women, and adept at different accents without making them ridiculous. He's one of my favourite narrators.
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